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In early February, BMW of North America and Tradepoint Atlantic celebrated the grand opening of the new BMW vehicle distribution center (VDC) at the Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal in Sparrows Point.BMWs

The two companies were joined by Gov. Larry Hogan, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, and Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William P. Doyle to mark the occasion. The 35-acre site at 1301 Shipyard Road includes a new, purpose-built 75,000-square-foot building.

“With this new, state-of-the-art facility, BMW is nearly doubling the size of its previous location, launching a major distribution hub to serve 126 BMW and MINI dealers with the capacity to process up to 100,000 vehicles,” said Gov. Hogan. “The job creation and associated economic benefits are a game-changer. But equally as important, this partnership allows the Port of Baltimore to continue leading the way in responding to the current supply chain crisis and cements our Port’s vaunted status as the largest importer of automobiles in America for years to come.”

MPA Executive Director William P. Doyle addresses attendees at the BMW Distribution Center opening.

The new location at Tradepoint Atlantic provides BMW with several logistical advantages, including access to deep-water berths and proximity to rail and highway transportation.

“It’s a terrific day for Tradepoint Atlantic, BMW and the Port of Baltimore,” said Doyle. “The historic Sparrows Point is being revitalized to a leading 21st-century supply chain and logistics hub. The Port of Baltimore is the largest importer and exporter of automobiles in the United States of America, and Tradepoint Atlantic’s new BMW vehicle processing center is going to help the Port of Baltimore sustain our top ranking for years to come.”

In addition to receiving vehicles from manufacturing facilities and acting as a distribution hub, the site also will perform vehicle inspections, repairs (mechanical, paint and body), accessory installations, vehicle programming and maintenance.